Man arrested in hit-and-run that killed 14-year-old - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Man arrested in hit-and-run that killed 14-year-old

A Millington man was arrested Saturday in connection with a hit-and-run that left a 14-year-old boy dead.

Dillan B. Cole was riding his bicycle Thursday night when he was hit by a vehicle off U.S. 51 in the southern part of Tipton County.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Laura McPherson says 54-year-old William Yarbrough was taken into custody in North Carolina.

She said he will be returned to Tennessee, where he faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death and destruction of evidence.

McPherson said Yarbrough also will likely be charged with driving on a suspended license.

Investigators said Dilland Cole was killed as he and a friend rode their bikes on Simmons Road in Atoka. 

Officials said a vehicle traveling eastbound on Simmons Road moved into the westbound lane, striking Cole. The teen died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop after striking Cole, leaving the scene of the accident. 

On Friday, friends, family, and neighbors packed the front lawn of the 14-year-old. They're filled with sadness over their loved one.

"There's a lot of good memories," said sister Shana Cole.

Family friend Alicia Sheffield added, "I mean he's 14-years-old. He ain't got to drive, go on his first date, nothing. I mean that was all taken from him."

"They slammed on their brakes and smacked him and just took off," explained Farris.

Cody ran to his friend as Dilland laid in the ditch.

"I was scared and I went over there and checked on him. I said his name about four or five times and he didn't give me no response," said Farris.

He watched his friend die. Police said the mini-van swerved to avoid hitting Cody and instead hit Dilland.

Donations for Dilland's funeral can be made to the Fund in Memory of Dilland Cole at the FSNB Bank in the Millington Wal-Mart.

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